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Friday, March 11, 2005

Today in history—March 12

1755: The first steam engine in America goes into operation at Col. John Schuyler's copper mine near what is now North Arlington, New Jersey. The machine is imported from England.

1832: Charles Cunningham Boycott, later land agent in Ireland for the Earl of Erne, is born at Burgh St. Peter, Norfolk.  The word "boycott" will first appear in The Times in 1880.

1838: Sir William Henry Perkin is born. He will invent the world's first artificial dye at age 18.

1889: Irritated because the local telephone operator kept steering customer business to her husband instead of him, undertaker Almon B. Strowger of Kansas City patents the automatic telephone exchange, will allows calls to go through without human intervention.

1894: The first bottles of a new non-alcoholic nerve tonic called "Coca-Cola" go on sale. The original formula calls for lime, cinnamon, coca leaves, and the seeds of a Brazilian shrub; carbonated water will be added later.

1985: Auto dealer Tom Benson and a group of investors pays $64 million to buy the New Orleans Saints football team.

1987: There's a shuffle in the Dow Jones Industrials, as Coca-Cola and Boeing replace Owens-Illinois and Inco.

1998: There’s no "meeting of the minds" for the U.S. District Court for South Carolina, as it decides Hooters of America v. Phillips.

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